Jon Gold wrote tonight that Rick Neuheisel has named Rich Brehaut the starter for this Saturday's game against Oregon State.
UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel said on his conference call with reporters on Sunday night that junior quarterback Richard Brehaut would get the start against Oregon State, but qualified the statement by saying it was a week-to-week decision.
Brehaut has completed 37-of-68 attempts for 559 yards and three touchdowns this season with zero interceptions and a quarterback rating of 138.0. Prince is 6-of-10 for 84 yards and three interceptions with a rating of 70.6
After Saturday's performance, no one should be surprised by this decision, other than the fact that Neuheisel made a decision in public after all. His "week-to-week" statement is a big problem for me, as it shows Neuheisel's reluctance to make a firm decision, and continues the uncertainty within the leadership of this program. But I'll take one week for the moment. While Prince may understandably be disappointed in this decision, he must recognize that it is the right one. He must also understand that he is very likely to be needed at some point in the future, and that we will be counting on him to be ready when the situation calls for him.
Based on a recent article from Peter Yoon, this decision will be also welcomed by Offensive Coordinator Mike Johnson.
UCLA has occasionally looked very good on offense, but other times it looks brilliant, on others it looks like a jumbled mess. Prince and Brehaut have different styles, different cadences to their signal calling, and different timing with their throws and different chemistry with different receivers.
"It didn’t work today," offensive coordinator Mike Johnson said of the question mark-at-quarterback plan. "As a coordinator, you’d like to see it end. But you’ve got to keep working through it."
I read that last line as a subtle complaint against the chaos that Neuheisel has caused for Coach Johnson, whose offensive unit has provided the majority of bright spots this season. Hopefully, by making this decision early in the week, it will provide some continuity and stability for the team as it regroups from the Texas beating and shifts its focus to preparation for the Beavers. As frustrated as we all are with the start of this season, and with the continuation of the problems of the Neuheisel regime and the Guerrerror era, I will not give up on these kids. They are smart, talented, character kids, and they just need a good leader to show them the way.